Inspired by the 1950’s ambiance, Don Rafa Boutique Hotel and Residences is where essence and nostalgia meet to elevate your experience through carefully curated details and a personal attention that embraces visitors like family.

More than a stay, this is a place that suites you, just like home.

The magic
of a place with
history

Located in a historic district, Miramar is one of the few places in Puerto Rico where you can experience city life. Vibrant art and diverse gastronomy are the protagonists, along with the daily life of the neighbors, who provide warmth and a sense of belonging to your experience. Its historic charm blends the old with the modern and features structures with the signatures of many families, developers, and architects from different eras.

Experience Miramar​

For an experience that goes beyond the building.

Explore Miramar & Surroundings

Find yourself steps away from a vibrant and diverse gastronomic and cultural offer.

A memorable venue for memorable moments

Weddings

Corporate

Social Events

What make us special

Because there is a story in every detail

Art Collection

Art is paramount at Don Rafa Hotel and Residences, being home to more than 30 artworks by local Puerto Rican artists.

Culinary Experience

Coming soon! Our chef is creating a gastronomic selection that brings Don Rafa's history alive through flavors and textures.

Décor & Interior Design

A six-story building attentively designed and filled with mid-century elements that will transport you to the essence

This masterpiece is in the making….

Although we are still curating every detail, we want you to be among the first to experience this magnificent architectonical jewel and the story behind every detail.

We are ready to welcome you during our Soft Opening, so you can feel first-hand the essence that Don Rafa has to offer. Book Now!

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Don Rafa: Love, Family & Success

Rafael Hernández Salazar was the youngest of three children, born and raised in Spain in the late 1800s. Villagrufe, Asturias, was the town where his insidious curiosity and natural gift with people were nourished.

During his teenage years, his father -after who he was named- taught him the value of hard work and dedication, while his mother Alba, fueled his creativity, eventually forging him with a strong but charming personality.

He often played with pieces of torn fabrics that his father brought home after his 12-hour shift at the textile factory. He secretly collected these pieces of fabric, as he fantasized about one day creating his own patterns.

It was Rafa’s pursuit of his curiosity that led him to migrate to Puerto Rico in the early 1900s, with empty pockets and dreams filled with ambition. He immediately fell in love with the warmth of the Caribbean, as Puerto Ricans showed him a vibrant side that he didn’t know he had.

Puerto Rico was the place where he firmly decided to accomplish his dreams. To achieve them, Rafa had two jobs. During the day, he worked on the production line of a textile factory. Meanwhile, in the evenings worked as a bartender at a hotel in Old San Juan, where he met Don Ernesto Suárez. Ernesto was a businessman, a regular at the bar where he used to have weekly cocktails with colleagues and partners. Rafa developed a strong friendship with Ernesto, to whom he often bounced back business ideas and his dream of owning a textile business.

While Rafa grew from being a line worker to a pattern designer at the textile factory, his friendship and trust with Ernesto also grew exponentially. Eventually, Ernesto introduced him to his daughter Pura, who later became Rafa’s eternal love. Admiring his hard work and recognizing his talents, Ernesto also gave him the initial push he needed to start a small textile business on the Island.

Years later, Don Rafa, as his employees call him out of respect, grew into a successful businessman, transforming his textile shop into several fashion brands and ventures.

In the mid-1900’s he built a grand home located at the heart of Miramar, where he allocated several stories to a unique lodging experience for his brothers, children, grandchildren, and friends. In this home, Don Rafa and his wife fulfilled their passion for hospitality, creating a warm, pleasant, and magnificent space in which they received everyone with open arms.

This building ultimately captivated Don Rafa and Doña Pura and became a pure representation of their soul. Don Rafa Boutique Hotel & Residences opens its doors by honoring and continuing the warm soul and intentions of the people who created this home with so much love. Today we embrace you as part of their story and invite you to enjoy what it feels like to be part of this sublime family.

Don Rafa: Love, Family & Success

Rafael Hernández Salazar was the youngest of three children, born and raised in Spain in the late 1800s. Villagrufe, Asturias, was the town where his insidious curiosity and natural gift with people were nourished.

During his teenage years, his father -after who he was named- taught him the value of hard work and dedication, while his mother Alba, fueled his creativity, eventually forging him with a strong but charming personality.

He often played with pieces of torn fabrics that his father brought home after his 12-hour shift at the textile factory. He secretly collected these pieces of fabric, as he fantasized about one day creating his own patterns.

It was Rafa’s pursuit of his curiosity that led him to migrate to Puerto Rico in the early 1900s, with empty pockets and dreams filled with ambition. He immediately fell in love with the warmth of the Caribbean, as Puerto Ricans showed him a vibrant side that he didn’t know he had.

Puerto Rico was the place where he firmly decided to accomplish his dreams. To achieve them, Rafa had two jobs. During the day, he worked on the production line of a textile factory. Meanwhile, in the evenings worked as a bartender at a hotel in Old San Juan, where he met Don Ernesto Suárez. Ernesto was a businessman, a regular at the bar where he used to have weekly cocktails with colleagues and partners. Rafa developed a strong friendship with Ernesto, to whom he often bounced back business ideas and his dream of owning a textile business.

While Rafa grew from being a line worker to a pattern designer at the textile factory, his friendship and trust with Ernesto also grew exponentially. Eventually, Ernesto introduced him to his daughter Pura, who later became Rafa’s eternal love. Admiring his hard work and recognizing his talents, Ernesto also gave him the initial push he needed to start a small textile business on the Island.

Years later, Don Rafa, as his employees call him out of respect, grew into a successful businessman, transforming his textile shop into several fashion brands and ventures.

In the mid-1900’s he built a grand home located at the heart of Miramar, where he allocated several stories to a unique lodging experience for his brothers, children, grandchildren, and friends. In this home, Don Rafa and his wife fulfilled their passion for hospitality, creating a warm, pleasant, and magnificent space in which they received everyone with open arms.

This building ultimately captivated Don Rafa and Doña Pura and became a pure representation of their soul. Don Rafa Boutique Hotel & Residences opens its doors by honoring and continuing the warm soul and intentions of the people who created this home with so much love. Today we embrace you as part of their story and invite you to enjoy what it feels like to be part of this sublime family.

Art Collection

Art is paramount at Don Rafa Hotel and Residences, being home to more than 30 artworks by local Puerto Rican artists. History, texture and nostalgia are the main focus of this private art collection, giving the space a unique style and providing the feeling of walking through a gallery.

Culinary Experience

Coming Soon! Join our mailing list and be one of the first to experience the history of Don Rafa come to life through the exquisite and delightful creations of our Chef Jorge Rivera Parrilla.

Décor & Interior Design

A six-story building attentively designed and filled with mid-century elements that will transport you to the essence and elegance of the Spain-Puerto Rican fusion and history.